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Aug 3, 2013 2:00pm PDT
type range. so, it's a thirsty bird. and my carbon footprint is larger than texas. but you know what? it's a lot of fun. >> in 1911, a small town kansas farmer named clyde cessna built his own airplane. little did he know that this would lead to the birth of the most prolific aircraft manufacturing brand of all time, with total production and delivery exceeding 190,000. cessna originally partnered with lloyd c. stearman, future president of lockheed martin, and walter beech, cofounder of beech aircraft. the three founded travel air and focused on building biplanes. it wouldn't be until 1924 that cessna aircraft was founded. the company's goal was to focus on single engine monoplanes. it would be this very style of aircraft that the cessna brand would become synonymous with, along with general aviation as a whole. i caught up with cessna's angela baldwin at airventure in oshkosh, wisconsin. did clyde cessna have any idea that the cessna of back then would become the cessna of today? >> no, and we think he'd be quite proud of what we've been able to accomplish. i mean, we've got the fa
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